Steampunk Space Probes: Inspiration for NASA’s Next Venus Probe came from 2,300-Year-Old Antikythera Computer

September 19, 2017
To say the environment on the surface of Venus is extreme might be viewed as an understatement by some: the hottest planet in the Solar System's air cooks at a scorching 462ºC (864ºF), under crushing atmospheric pressure that is 92... continued

Maria Aims at Caribbean while Lee forms Behind it and Jose Heads out to Sea

September 17, 2017
Tropical storm Maria is likely to become a powerful hurricane and appears headed along the same path into the Caribbean that Irma took. Meanwhile, Lee appears to be organizing off Cape Verde while Jose,a category 1 hurricane with 80MPH winds seems... continued

Excess Atmospheric CO2 is Slowly Turning Healthy Crops into Junk Food

September 16, 2017
A slowly growing field of biological research is uncovering evidence that increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is steadily decreasing the concentration of nutrients in our food supply. Plants metabolize CO2 in the same way we metabolize oxygen,... continued

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were Back-to-Back Record-Breakers

September 15, 2017
The one-two punch delivered by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma has left the southern United States and many islands in the northern Caribbean reeling, collectively resulting in more than 130 deaths, massive long-term flooding, and property damage totaling to a minimum... continued

Cassini to give Saturn a “Goodbye Kiss” during its Grand Finale

September 14, 2017
After a 4.9 billion mile journey spanning more than two decades and countless major discoveries, the Cassini probe will complete its long voyage by plunging into the clouds of Saturn on September 15th, in what NASA's mission engineers are calling... continued

Synthetic DNA Could Be Used to Hack Computer Systems

September 13, 2017
Researchers studying potential security issues surrounding open-source computer programs used to analyze DNA have found that most common sequencing software is the subject of poor security practices, leaving such systems open to cyberattacks and exploits. While the researchers haven't found... continued

The Saudi Government is Accused of Financing a “Dry Run” Rehearsal for 9/11

September 12, 2017
New evidence that the Saudi Arabian government had supported the 9/11 hijackings has been revealed in a lawsuit being brought against the Saudi government, including allegations that they financed a "dry run" rehearsal for a future hijacking that was carried... continued

Atlantic Storm Wave Train Continues as Irma Takes Aim

September 9, 2017
Each hurricane season brings a what is known as a wave train of tropical depressions generally forming in the south Atlantic off the African coast. This season south Atlantic waters are exceptionally warm, with the result that the wave train... continued

Strongest Quake in a Hundred Years Strikes Mexico

September 8, 2017
At 9:22 local time last night, an earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter Scale struck southern Mexico and northern Guatemala. At least 30 people have been killed and many structures leveled. The quake was felt as far north as Mexico City where... continued

Elon Musk Warns that the Race for AI Might Trigger WWIII

September 8, 2017
Automotive and spaceflight entrepreneur Elon Musk issued a series of tweets on September 4th that downplayed the threat posed by the nuclear ambitions of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying that the race to develop more powerful artificial intelligence... continued